When Bengal all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore on the Indian Premier League (IPL) public sale final December, little did he know he would find yourself ready 9 months to get the primary style of the Twenty20 carnival. 

“It is nice information that the IPL is lastly taking place (laughs). I am unable to wait to get began,” mentioned Shahbaz.

Beginning September 19, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is scheduled to host the 13th version of the IPL, which has been shifted outdoors India because the nation is dealing with a excessive surge of Covid-19 instances. Shahbaz is happy, whereas conscious of the precautions to mitigate the danger of the virus.

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“On August 14, we’re going to Bangalore the place we can be below quarantine for every week. We’ll bear assessments for Covid-19 on the 10th, 12th and most probably on the 18th once more. Solely after we get the requisite medical clearance will we be 8allowed to depart [for the UAE].”

Passengers arriving in UAE are required to hold a damaging COVID-19 PCR check report issued not more than 96 hours earlier than their arrival within the nation. Shahbaz acknowledges the challenges of taking part in cricket throughout a pandemic, however trusts the RCB administration to take mandatory security measures. 

“Look, it isn’t secure to journey (round India) given the spike within the variety of (Covid-19) instances,” he mentioned. “That mentioned, we have to get to Bangalore first, for which I am going to most likely board a flight from Delhi. As soon as we’re there, I am certain the (RCB) administration will fill us in on the usual working procedures in order that we will maintain ourselves and our teammates secure.”

The all-rounder additionally scored 509 at 36.35 as Bengal reached the Ranji closing. – Biswaranjan Rout


Shahbaz had a dream 2019-20 season, the place as an all-rounder, he held his personal with each bat and ball to assist Bengal attain its first Ranji Trophy closing in 13 years, finally shedding to Saurashtra. The 25-year-old left-arm spinner scored 509 at 36.35 and picked 35 wickets, his match haul of 11 in a digital knockout in opposition to Punjab in a low-scoring thriller standing out. 

Shahbaz has an understanding of what his position might be inside a star-studded RCB line-up, however insisted that he’s dedicated to play no matter half is required. “As soon as I get there, they [the RCB coaching staff] will fill me in on what they anticipate of me, and I’ll put together accordingly,” he mentioned. “Our head coach Simon Katich has been in contact. We have mentioned issues about my recreation and the way he would love me to carry out in several conditions.”

Shahbaz has been coaching in his hometown Mewat, a district in Haryana, for the previous 15 days. “There is a health club near the place I keep, so fortunately I’ve had no hassle staying in form in the course of the lockdown,” he mentioned. “I’ve focussed on all three departments: batting, bowling and fielding. I have been picked as an all-rounder and may be capable to do justice to my position if chosen within the XI.”

He has been following Cricket Affiliation of Bengal’s (CAB) coaching schedule from final season, however is “anticipating one from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) quickly.” 


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